Zachery J. Porteous

Spring 2018

This website is dedicated to my GIS and computer science work completed at Humboldt State University.

A link to my resume...

Club Memberships

I'm currently a member of HSU Geospatial Club


Infinity Code

This is my first official blog-post about learning how to code and I must say it has been an immersive two to three months. My experience has been similar to crawling inside a very small dark hole with a faint light in the distance slowly revealing itself as I continue. Each program a flicker of light that shines near me but somehow far away, beckoning me on. Progressing further I've realized that the tunnel is actually a massive cone that opens wider with each struggle forward. What I can see now from my current vantage point I imagine is what most beginning programmers can figure with just their foot in the door; programming is an immensely powerful tool to be able to control. The cave is wide and inside there are an infinite number of opportunities. I can be sure that this feeling will last a lifetime.

I cant say that I only got into programming from a purely academic standpoint. We all have to make money somehow and if I'm going to spend countless hours building skills for the workplace it might as well be something that (if I spend enough time learning and am good at it) will make me a good amount of money. But the more all encompassing reason I chose to delve into computer work in general was because I didn't want to be left behind. Not too much further in our future I imagine coding becoming a second language to most people and I figure I'd better get a headstart. Not to mention its cutting edge and I love technology. Speaking of technology here is a project that I got to work on in a recent remote sensing lab that I was pretty excited to do.

====> This Analysis is focused on the Kings Fire that was started by Arson in El Dorado County California on September 13th, 2014 and burned until October 31st. Using Landsat 8 imagery I calculated the severity of damage with the Normalized Burn Ratio, an analysis that shows the difference in vegetation before and after the fire. The total burned area in this fire almost topped 100,000 acres.

Note on the Legend: ac stands for acres